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      As part of our commitment to providing architecture of enduring value, we offer pro bono design services to nonprofits and other community organizations, through both our own connections and as part of the 1% Program. (An effort of Public Architecture, the 1% Program connects nonprofit organizations in need of design assistance with architecture firms willing to donate their time on a pro bono basis.)

      One of our most recent pro bono efforts involves the design of a temporary gallery space for the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA). Devoted to American art from the 19th century to present, the museum’s permanent collection of more than 3,800 works of art includes paintings of the School of Eight, mid-century studio craft, modern drawings, and artists from Minnesota and the region. The museum vacated their previous location in 2009 and has since kept their collection in storage and has sponsored several very successful traveling exhibitions. The new space—located within the Pioneer Building on 4th and Robert Streets in Saint Paul—will be critical to the museum’s long-term success and to re-establishing their presence in the regional arts scene.

      The new gallery design was a collaborative work between MSR architect Matt Kruntorad and designer Dan Winden. Thanks to their generous donations of time and talent, the temporary gallery space is expected to open on November 9, 2012, featuring the exhibition, “Painting the Place Between.”

      Prior to the formal opening, you can preview the new MMAA Project Space during the Saint Paul Art Crawl this weekend, October 12-14. A full schedule of events is available on the MMAA website at: Sneak Preview Weekend.

    • “Painting the Place Between” exhibition opening
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      Paul C.N. Mellblom

      • Architect / Principal
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